The Box-FS Holder for
lafcpug review) is a redesign of the company's previous fastening
system for securing DTE devices to the HVX200.
The new version significantly improves on the ergonomics, security
and usefulness of the original design. This mount kit attaches
to the HVX200 base plate, and provides additional rigidity and
stability to the cam itself, which is a pleasant surprise.
The system consists of a solid metal
cage and movable tray to house the FS-100. Brass release pins
located on each side of the cage unlock the drawer to permit
it to move backwards to place, view or remove the FS-100. As
the drawer moves back into the cage, you'll sense some resistance
as the drawer locks in a forward position in the Box-FS.
The holder is secured to the cam's base
plate utilizing an orienting pin and 1/4 inch screw. The connection
is secure, aligns the HVX200 correctly along base of the cam,
and contributes to the overall rigidity of the arrangement. The
FS-100 (or FS-4) is oriented with its operating LCD facing upward.
To access the DTE, release the brass pins and pull the tray outward
until it locks in the backward position.
Several 1/4-20 mounting screws are available
to fasten the Box to a standard tripod plate. Whether attached
to a tripod, or placed on a level surface, the tethered device
and cam was solid and balanced. The device also provided plenty
of ventilation for the FS-100 and access to the device to attach
the Firewire cable.
The movable drawer can be used with either
a FS-100 or FS-4 with a standard or extended battery. Because
the drawer does not extend fully when removing the FS-100, there
is less chance of damaging the DTE. The Box-FS is constructed
out of heavy gauge black anodized aluminum and shock resistant
polymer material and weighs 1.1 pounds (499 grams). Its dimensions
are 8"x4.6"x2.6". And it looks pretty cool just
sitting on a tripod.
The Box-FS redesign has left room for
additional accessories. They include lightweight support with
15mm rods that are screwed directly into the front of the box
and an adaptor to fit the Box-FS on the tripod using the Sony
broadcast VCT-14 tripod plate. Planned as well is a surprise
attachment to contribute to the overall usefulness of the device.
While the Box-FS is more expensive than
other cage/mount products, it offers more capabilities as well.
Noteworthy are the safety lock/unlock mechanisms, solid integration
of drawer with the FS-100, and potential to add functionality
with future accessories. The company has done its homework in
this excellent redesign.
Copyright ©2007 David
A. Saraceno is a motion graphics
artist located in Spokane, Washington. He has written for DV
Magazine, AV Video, MacHome Journal, and several state and national
legal technology magazines. David also moderates several forums